Queens Park Rangers vs Forest preview..

Forest go to Loftus Road still seeking their fourth attempt, this will be our fourth attempt having mustered a draw at Reading, and two defeats at the City Ground courtesy of West Brom and Watford.  Certainly it’s too early to panic too much, but naturally fans and club alike are keen to register our first win of the season – although an away trip to QPR isn’t necessarily the most obvious of places to go seeking one.

That said, former Hoops Lee Camp and Dexter Blackstock will almost certainly be eager to impress against the club who sold them to Forest (by all accounts for bargainous prices!), and away from the sometimes over-bearing sense of expectation at the City Ground the players may feel more confident to play their game without the customary moans and groans some of our home ‘fans’ unleash with minimal provocation.

The good news is that Luke Chambers is available for selection following his suspension – so we should at least have the opportunity to field four defenders.  The bad news is Kelvin Wilson has had a further problem with his ankle, so has gone from a possible inclusion to a definite long term injury.  I’m still not really massively convinced by our defensive unit – but well, it’s a chance for Chambers to make amends.

Another injury setback is of course Lewis McGugan’s fractured cheek following his head-on collision with the Watford goalkeeper’s knee in midweek.  He’s likely to be out for around a month and a half.  I am expecting Billy to put Chambers straight in at centreback, Lynch to left back and perhaps put Cohen straight into central midfield with McKenna – although Majewski did show promise against Watford on tuesday evening.

Bennett, Perch, Moussi, McCleary and Wilson of course remain sidelined.  Forest need to heed the advice I gave before the Watford game really – and attack from the off, because clearly we need to keep pressure off the defence – and of course, make the most of our attacking options to put QPR under early pressure.  That’s rather a challenging statement, I suppose, as the away side and underdog.

However, that’s exactly what Watford did to us from that position – and whilst we of course abetted them greatly with an appalling defensive performance – it was the endeavour and pressure our visitors created that gave rise to those frailties.  We really could do with getting a win on the board, and I must confess that I’m not spectacularly confident that we will achieve it – as ever, I’d be delighted to be proven wrong!